By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The long wait between innings pitching seemed to be an eternity for Sprague’s Broderick Stanaway Wednesday afternoon. But for good measure, it did take the pressure off of him to see his offense chug along in the Olympians 14-0, five-inning victory over Cleveland in the late-afternoon game.
All it took for Stanaway on this afternoon was 70 pitches to pitch a five-inning no-hitter, striking out seven batters in the process for Sprague’s number-two arm. Keeping his arm fresh and ready for his quick innings, the longest being a five-batter inning during the fourth inning for the Senior pitching.
“It great, I mean it’s hard when you get those long innings. You keep your arm loose and stuff…I went to the bullpen to throw a bit but I felt good mentally and physically,” Stanaway said of the challenge. “It’s great to know that our offense is doing great right now. We’re putting bat on ball, getting good looks for runs and stuff, but we for sure got some more work to do.
“For the first (home) opening here, it felt great to come out here and throw a no-hitter. Even though it’s five-innings, it felt great.”
A good amount of kids on the Olys roster have been putting in work together as a unit since last Summer. Holland Youth Park in the Willamette Valley Men’s Baseball League High School division in the Summer, the Salem Baseball Academy in the Fall and more recently the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes league just before the season started.
It helped them stay with it, outscoring their oppositions 25-4 two games in with Jackson Muth, Rory Lampe and Eli Lowe pitching in during their season opener win Monday against McMinnville. With McNary Friday in Keizer, it’s just another opportunity to get better with their sights now on the Celtics.
“It’s definitely eliminated the jitters of the first games back. It’s good to eliminate all of those errors early so we can just go into the season prepared and ready to go,” said Chris Rogers. “When we get on streaks, just keep the energy up and make sure that we keep the pedal to the medal and just keep playing baseball.”
Sprague scored eight runs in the first two innings, one in the third before scoring five more in the fifth inning. Carsen Vankempen, Eli Lowe, Camden McGath and Rogers each had two hits with Lampe, Rogers and McGath driving in 2RBI’s apiece in the victory.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald